Cruelty

The  SPCA of Luzerne County employs three full-time Humane Police Officer who are  available to investigate claims of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. Their powers are granted by the state of Pennsylvania and they uphold the state’s animal cruelty laws, contained in section 5511 of the Crimes Code.

Section 5511 of the Crimes code states:
“Cruelty to Animals: A person commits an offense if he wantonly or cruelly illtreats, overloads, beats, otherwise abuses any animal, or neglects any animal as to which he has a duty of care, whether belonging to himself or otherwise, or abandons and animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter, or veterinary care, or access to clean and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal’s body heat and keep it dry.”

If you suspect that an animal is being abused or neglected, please call the SPCA of Luzerne County at 570-825-4111 ext. 103 to report the situation.  Be sure to give us your name and contact number so that we can call you with further questions, if necessary. Most of our rescue success stories started with tips from people just like you; we’re all in this together. You may save a life!

Please note that we respect confidentiality of all those trying to help.  If this is an emergency, please contact 911 or your local police department.